You Can’t Call Yourself A True Ottawan Unless You’ve Done 15 Of These 23 Things

These are a must.

There are so many things that we can do in Ottawa. And when we do them, that's all we want to do forever. Tradition here is a staple in Ottawa, especially since we only really have two seasons so we feel the need to fit everything in during the summer months. 

While there is a ton to do here, a lot of it is pretty basic. Hiking in Gatineau, eating BeaverTails on the Canal, going to Saunders Farm in the fall. It's all basic, but to us it's fun AF. If you haven't done a lot of these things, you may want to start planning all of it. I mean, you can't say you're an Ottawan if you've never eaten a true Shawarma!

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1. Skated on the Rideau Canal and gotten a BeaverTail


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2. Spent the day in the sun at Calypso Waterpark


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3. Spent the afternoon looking at beautiful art at the National Gallery of Canada


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4. Taken an Insta pic at the Canadian Tulip Festival


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5. Drank a delicious coffee from one of the most popular coffee shops in Ottawa 


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6. Visited the iconic Wilson Carbide Mill ruins


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7. Spent all of Canada Day downtown in the chaos


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8. Checked out Sparks Street PoutineFest at least twice


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9. Spent all day chillin at Nordik Spa-Nature


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10. Braved the cold and viewed all the amazing ice sculptures at Winterlude  


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11. Had a delicious brunch at one of these bucket list spots


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12. Spent a fall night being scared sh*tless at Saunders Farm


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13. Taken a bite out of one of Ottawa's best sandwiches


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14. Gone hiking in Gatineau Park and taken a photo of it (because obviously)


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15. Cheered on the 2016 Grey Cup Champions, the Ottawa REDBLACKS


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16. Drank the most amazing sangria while eating pizza at The Grand Pizzeria & Bar


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17. Taken a nap or had a picnic in Major's Hill Park 


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18. Tasted the most amazing gelato Ottawa has to offer 


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19. Eaten a shawarma in the shawarma capital of Canada 


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20. Gone to Bluesfest at least once in your life


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21. Eaten The King Eddy's unreal chicken and waffles 


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22. Done yoga on Parliament Hill 


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23. Seen the unreal views from the rooftop patio at Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market

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